If you think that composite slowpitch softball bats are a new creation in the industry then you are wrong. These bats have a long history. However, it is only a few years back that these bats have surfaced as strong competitors.
Since 1990’s, Miken has a major role in the revival of composite slowpitch softball bats. In their initial days, these bats were highly durable but they lacked the performance that most batters needed.
In this review, we would like to point out the pros, cons and opinion of the customers regarding these composite slowpitch softball bats. But before discussing the pros and cons we would like to discuss the construction and anatomy of these bats.
Composite slow pitch softball bats anatomy
Composite slowpitch bats, as the name suggests, are commonly made up of synthetic materials includinggraphite and Kevlar etc. Their outer parts include resin fabric in order to yield better performance.
Some of these bats are made up of 100 percent all-composite materials while others include a different barrel/handle i.e. an aluminum handle combined with a composite barrel.
Layers of materials are used and wrapped around a form to construct these bats. The strips of the material are put down in opposite direction so that greater strength can be achieved and then glued together using resin.
After the above process is complete, these bats are compressed under pressure so that each layer is glued together firmly. Additional processes like paint and engraving are done to get the final composite slowpitch softball bats.
Now that you know what happens inside these composite bats and how they reach their current state, we can enlist their pros and cons.
Composite bats are much lighter in weight as compared to alloy, aluminum or wood bats. They are so light in weight that manufacturers have to insert metal rods inside the handle.
As they are light in weight, they also have lighter swing weight. Swing weight is basically the weight that a player has to carry while he is swinging the bat. You must remember that there can be different swing weights of two bats having the same weight.
Swing weight is basically related to the center of mass that is located inside these composite slowpitch softball bats which makes the overall swing lighter.
You need a softer barrel to generate trampoline effect which in turn enhances your performance. Another advantage of these bats is that they can be manufactured with a soft barrel without disturbing its mass. This helps in getting a bat-ball collision in which less energy is lost.
Your hands feel stinging pain, once your bat comes in contact with the ball. This pain is due to the vibration caused from the collision. Using a composite bat is beneficial in the sense it decreases the stinging pain in your hands by reducing the vibration.
This vibration is reduced in two ways, by lowering the bending stiffness (frequency of vibration) of the bat and increasing the dampening rate (rate at which vibrations dampen) of the vibration. Both these combine together to make your hands feel comfortable.
All the above mentioned points in favor of composite bats ultimately combine together to give better performance and greater speed.
Although the cons of these bats are very limited yet we would to point out a few here which can help you in deciding whether or not to go for these bats.
Some of these composite bats also require break in time until they give the best shots. For few players this waiting time is too much and they prefer using bats with no break in period.
What customers say about Composite slowpitch softball bats?
Hundreds of players around the world including famous players like Jeremy Isenhower use composite bats for their leagues.
The latest addition to the composite bats family is Miken Izzy Psycho SuperMax USSSA Slow Pitch Softball Bat that is loved and raved about many of its users. It is Certified 100 COMP bat with Premium Aerospace Grade Carbon Fiber Design.
A player reviewed his Psycho composite bat online and provided that it is only his second day with this bat and he is able to hit homeruns. He named his bat as an “Absolute Bomb!”
Another one from Miken, its Ultra II Senior Slow Pitch Softball Bat: MSU2 is made up of 100% composite material and is a fan favorite. Appreciating his bat, a player wrote
“THE BEST BAT EVER. WHEN THE BALL IS HIT CORRECTLY, EXPECT HOMERUN DISTANCE”
While going through the reviews one common complaint that was observed was the longer break in time that was required with almost all of these bats. We hope that manufacturers and researchers will concentrate more on removing this only flaw from these composite slowpitch softball bats.